Department ofHistory

Benjamin Hudson

Benjamin Hudson

Professor of History and Medieval Studies

214 Weaver Building

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: (814) 863-7454

Curriculum Vitae:


D.Phil., Oxford University



Professor Hudson teaches medieval and British history with special interests in immigration and transnationalism around the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Littoral. Through his joint appointment in Medieval Studies, he teaches and studies early European culture, including prophecy and historical legends. His students have gone on to graduate studies at universities such as Oxford, Chicago, Yale, and Trinity College, Dublin, as well as appointments to the faculty at universities including West Point, Wellesley, Central Florida, Appalachian State, and Kutztown.

Recent Publications:

The Picts (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)

(Editor) Studies in the Medieval Atlantic (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

(Editor) Familia and Household in the Medieval Atlantic World (Tempe: ACMRS, 2011).

Irish Sea Studies: A.D. 900-1200 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006).

Viking Pirates and Christian Princes (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).

Awards and Service:

Distinguished Teaching Award—2014

University Faculty Senate

International Advisory Board—Scottish Historical Review

Honors Advisor, Medieval Studies

Recent Courses:

HIST107 – Medieval Europe
HIST411 – Medieval Britain
HIST413 – Medieval Celtic Studies
HIST511 – Topics in Medieval Britain


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